A few days ago, I received the letter below in the post:
I have only just opened it as I have been touring the country organising anti-grooming operations.
You may remember a few months ago, I travelled to Coleraine Court in Northern Ireland for my appeal against the conviction I incurred in the town of Ballymena, where Britain first was campaigning heavily against immigration into the local area.
I was very excited to finally have the chance to overturn my ridiculous conviction for ‘criticising immigration’, when the judge made a mockery of the entire process by pulling out of the re-trial at the last possible moment!
Her excuse was, she had knowledge of the Holocaust so she couldn’t be relied on to give me a fair trial, as I was convicted of literally using the word ‘Gypsy’ on a leaflet.
This was a massive load of nonsense of course.
She simply wanted to kick the case into the long grass again so that I was restrained by bail conditions for the next six months in Northern Ireland.
It was an establishment stitch-up designed to keep Britain First silent in Ulster, unable to carry out political activities due to the restrictions.
If I broke my bail conditions while waiting for my next appeal date, I would be arrested and possibly kept on remand in prison.
I was originally convicted of this ridiculous offence by a local cowboy magistrate who made a political decision, not a legal one.
So I appealed, and now it will be decided upon again by an experienced judge, not a cowboy at local level who is unaccountable.
I have been waiting many months for a new appeal date, and now I have one: Antrim Magistrates Court (below), Court of Appeal, Tuesday 3rd March at 10.30am.
You may be thinking, after a year and a half since my SAS-ambush arrest in Belfast and nearly half a dozen court appearances, why am I bothering?
When I was convicted for criticising immigration into Ballymena on a local leaflet, the judge gave me a two year suspended sentence.
So, I am in a difficult position.
If I appeal the conviction, the establishment will give me the runaround, keeping me on bail conditions for as long as possible.
And if I just ‘accept’ the conviction, I have a suspended prison sentence hanging over me for two years!
The establishment is very sneaky and devious, but I am not going to give up and allow them to shaft me like they have!
If it takes me one-hundred years I am going to overturn this conviction and humiliate the establishment!
If I leave the prison sentence hanging over me, and I get arrested for any silly little reason that the police dream up, the suspended sentence could be activated and off I go to Maghaberry prison (below).
That’s why I simply have to fight this campaign of persecution.
The establishment knows that every time I appear in court with a barrister, it costs a lot of money.
That’s why they keep postponing and delaying.
It’s designed to wear me down and force me to give up.
So, my situation is simple:
I have exactly three weeks to raise the necessary funds to pay my barrister.
I doubt very much they will postpone the hearing again, as by that time it would be turning the legal system into a laughing stock and my bail conditions would probably get cancelled as a result.
So this is it, the final court battle in a long drama that has lasted a year and a half.
I am very, very confident that I will be victorious in court.
They can delay all they want, but they cannot bend the law.
In fact, it’s because they know I will win in court that they keep postponing it.
So, this is your chance to help me win a decisive and embarrassing victory over the establishment on the 3rd of March.
Will you chip in £50 to help me pay my barrister?
Or if that’s too much, can I ask you to chip in just £15?
PAUL’S COURT FUND
What’s needed: £3,000
Raised so far: £0
Recommended: Chip in £5
I am depending on you.
I have no were else to turn.
Leader, Britain First